Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command

Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Zubair Suleiman was born on 1st July 1964 in Kaduna but hails from Keffi in Nassarawa State. He was enlisted into Nigerian Air Force as a member of 34 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy on 4 Jul 1984 and was commissioned pilot officer on 28 Jun 1986. He was promoted to the rank of air vice marshal on 28 Jan 2017.


Some of the courses he has attended are:

a.     Primary Flying Training at 301 Flying Training School now 401 FTS Kaduna.

b.     Basic Flying Training at 303 Flying Training School now 403 FTS Kano.

 c.    Instructor Pilot Training at 301 FTS Kaduna.

d.     The senior officer attended both the Junior and senior command and staff courses at Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.

e.     Thereafter Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, where he emerged both as the most outstanding student as well as the best project writer of course 34/2013. 



Some of the appointments he has held are:

  1. Ag Chief Flying Instructor at 301 FTS.
  2. Squadron Pilot at 101 Presidential Air Fleet
  3. Dir Test and Quality Assurance, Air Force Research and Development Centre
  4. Commander 88 Combat Reconnaissance Group
  5. Senior Air Staff Officer HQ Tactical Air Command Makurdi.
  6. Director of Operations, before his present appointment as 3rd Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command.  

2.     In the course of his over 3 decades flying career in the NAF, he has flown the following aircraft: Buldog123, L39-ZA, DO-228, ABT-18, HS125, Boeing 737, Beechcraft KA350, Diamond 40/42 among others. The senior officer is a rated Instructor Pilot with over 3,000 flying hours to his credit and also an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operator.   

3.     Apart from his military training, AVM Suleiman has also attained additional educational qualification. These includes: Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy all from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He had his third Masters Degree in Security Management from Nassarawa State University Keffi.

4.     The senior officer is married and blessed with 2 children. His hobbies include programming and watching television.


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